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03/15/15 - NNHS Newsletter - Black Velvet Band

“Beware the Ides of March.”

 - William Shakespeare, Julius Caesar Act 1, scene 2, 15–19

(The ides of March is the fifteenth; which day of the month the ides is
depends on a complicated system of calculation Caesar himself established
when he instituted the Julian calendar, a precursor of our own.
The ides of January, for example, is the thirteenth;
the ides of March, May, July and October is the fifteenth.)

Dear Friends and Schoolmates,   

  All this week leading up to St. Patrick's Day we'll be celebrating with Irish songs.

  This is one of my favorites.  It describes transportation to Van Dieman's Land (Van Dieman's Land was changed to Tasmania, which is now part of Australia), a common punishment in 19th century Britain and Ireland until the 1850's. 

   I have three different arrangements for you.  As it is a traditional folk song, you'll notice the lyrics will vary with each interpretation:

BONUS #1 - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DfsgHyymG8E -The Black Velvet Band - The Irish Rovers

BONUS #2 - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8cnzstOtW2k -The Black Velvet Band - The Dubliners

BONUS #3 - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CBRQM0vErH8 - The Black Velvet Band - Luke Kelly, 1970


HOMEWORK:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Van_Diemen's_Land

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Penal_transportation


REMINDER:

     From Me ('65) of IL - 03/15/15 - "Don't forget to search for the leprechauns on Tuesday morning!":

http://www.chiff.com/a/leprechaun.htm


THIS WEEK'S BIRTHDAYS:

   Happy Birthday today to Joan Williams Eberwine ('57) AND Linda Robinson Gillespie ('71) of VA!

   Happy Birthday tomorrow to    The late Bill Gross (deceased 22 Mar 2014) AND     Linda May Bond Crayton ('66) of VA AND    Jacque Ray Fisher ('66) of NC!

   Happy Birthday this week to:

17 -   Barbara Brewer (’69) of VA;

18 -   Johnny Mitchell ('57) of VA AND   Kay Knight Midkiff Evans ('59) of VA AND Linda Coates Jones ('63) of VA AND Aderon Gibbs ('66) of VA AND      Wade Scott ('66) of MO;

19 -    Cheryl Mays Howard ('66) of VA;

20 -       My Late Cousin, Stuart Atkinson (Warsaw HS - '63) (d. 10 Sept 2013) AND  Sid Melton ('64) of NY AND   Terri McAfee Artman ('66) of VA AND My Nephew, Kevin Dick (Weber HS, UT - '82) of NC;

21 - Bob Morgan ('56) of MA AND        My #4 Son, Joshua Harty (Hillsboro HS, IL - '95) of IL AND      My Granddaughter (by My Children of Other Parents) Jane Mansfield of TX;

22 -   Cookie Phillips Tyndall ('64) of VA!

   Many Happy Returns to You All!

http://www.nnhs65.com/Happy-Birthday.html 


THIS DAY IN WWII:

March 15, 1933 - Austrian Chancellor Engelbert Dollfuss kept members of the National Council from convening, starting the austrofascist dictatorship.

March 15, 1939 - German troops occupied the remaining part of Bohemia and Moravia; Czechoslovakia ceases to exist.

March 15, 1939 - Carpatho-Ukraine declared itself an independent republic, but was annexed by Hungary the next day.

March 15, 1943 - Third Battle of Kharkov – the Germans retook the city of Kharkov from the Soviet armies in bitter street fighting.

March 15, 1945 - Soviet forces began an offensive to push Germans from Upper Silesia.
 


 


THIS DAY IN 1965:

Monday, March 15, 1965 - President Lyndon B. Johnson, responding to the Selma crisis, told U.S. Congress "We shall overcome" while advocating the Voting Rights Act.

Monday, March 15, 1965 - Epidemiologist, academic, and author Sunetra Gupta was born in Calcutta, India.

Monday, March 15, 1965 - First Lady of Russia, Svetlana Medvedeva (Светла́на Влади́мировна Медве́дева), wife of Dmitry Medvedev, was born Svetlana Vladimirovna in Kronstadt, Leningrad, Soviet Union.


From My Friend, Daniel, of UT - 03/10/15:

“All that is contrary to the will of God is as poison to your spiritual life and must be shunned as you would avoid labeled poisons in your medicine cabinets at home.”

- Harold B. Lee
(28 Sept 1899 - 26 Dec 1973)


    Thanks so much, Daniel!


        From My Husband, Paul Harty (Bardolph HS, IL - '61) of NC - 03/14/15 - "The Charms of the English Language":

PART ONE:

The bandage was wound around the wound.
The farm was used to produce produce
The dump was so full that it had to refuse any more refuse.
We must polish the Polish furniture.
He could lead if he would get the lead out.
The soldier decided to desert in the desert.
Since there is no time like the present, he thought it was time to present the present.
A bass was painted on the head of the bass drum.
When shot at, the dove dove into the bushes.
I did not object to the object.
The insurance was invalid for the invalid.
There was a row among the oarsmen about how to row.
They were too close to the door to close it.
The buck does funny things when the does are present.
A seamstress and a sewer fell down into a sewer line.
To help with planting, the farmer taught his sow to sow.
The wind was too strong to wind the sail.
Upon seeing the tear in the painting I shed a tear.
I had to subject the subject to a series of tests.
How can I intimate this to my most intimate friend?


Why:

There is no egg in eggplant, nor ham in hamburger; neither apple nor pine in pineapple.
English muffins weren't invented in England nor French fries in France.
Sweetmeats are candies while sweetbreads, which aren't sweet, are meat.
Quicksand can work slowly, boxing rings are square and a guinea pig is neither from Guinea nor is it a pig.
Why is it writers write but fingers don't fing, grocers don't groce and hammers don't ham?
If the plural of tooth is teeth, why isn't the plural of booth, beeth?
One goose, 2 geese. So one moose, 2 meese?
One index, 2 indices?
Doesn't it seem crazy that you can make amends but not one amend?
If you have a bunch of odds and ends and get rid of all but one of them, what do you call it?
If teachers taught, why didn't preachers praught?
If a vegetarian eats vegetables, what does a humanitarian eat?
In what other language do people recite at a play and play at a recital?
Why do you ship by truck and send cargo by ship?
Why do we have noses that run and feet that smell?
How can a slim chance and a fat chance be the same, while a wise man and a wise guy are opposites?
Your house can burn up as it burns down.
You fill in a form by filling it out.
An alarm goes off by going on.
When the stars are out, they are visible, but when the lights are out, they are invisible.
Why doesn't 'Buick' rhyme with 'quick'?

Putting UP with UP:

There is a two-letter word that perhaps has more meanings than any other two-letter word, and that is 'UP.'
It's easy to understand UP, meaning toward the sky or at the top of the list, but when we awaken in the morning, why do we wake UP?
At a meeting, why does a topic come UP?
Why do we speak UP and why are the officers UP for election and why is it UP to the secretary to write UP a report?
We call UP our friends.
And we brighten UP a room, polish UP the silver; we warm UP the leftovers and clean UP the kitchen.
We lock UP the house and some guys fix UP the old car.
People stir UP trouble, line UP for tickets, work UP an appetite, and think UP excuses.
To be dressed is one thing, but to be dressed UP is special.
A drain must be opened UP because it is stopped UP.
We open UP a store in the morning but we close it UP at night.
We seem to be pretty mixed UP about UP!
To be knowledgeable about the proper uses of UP, look the word UP in the dictionary.
In a desk-sized dictionary, it takes UP almost 1/4th of the page and can add UP to about thirty definitions.
If you are UP to it, you might try building UP a list of the many ways UP is used.
It will take UP a lot of your time, but if you don't give UP, you may wind UP with a hundred or more.
When it threatens to rain, we say it is clouding UP.
When the sun comes out we say it is clearing UP.
When it rains, it wets the earth and often messes things UP.
When it doesn't rain for awhile, things dry UP.

   GOTTA LOVE IT! Thank you, Haul Party!


From My Friend, April, of NC - 03/14/15 - "I Made It!":

  What else could I say?

     BOY HOWDY! Thanks, April!

 
 


      From My Niece, Shari, of VA - 03/12/15 - "A pee back wall, other funnies, plus good things": 

http://www.betterbones.com/blog/post/Bone-strengthening-options-for-seniors-power-hopping.aspx?
Hopping to increase bone density.
Elderly, thinned boned, or just aging... this is good to know info.
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Jokes (By Jokes2U)

Actual answers given by contestants in the game show Family Feud

Name something a blind person might use - A sword
Name a song with moon in the title - Blue suede moon
Name a bird with a long neck - Naomi Campbell
Name an occupation where you need a torch - A burglar
Name a famous brother & sister - Bonnie & Clyde
Name a dangerous race - The Arabs
Name an item of clothing worn by the 3 musketeers - A horse
Name something that floats in the bath - Water
Name something you wear on the beach - A deckchair
Name something Red - My cardigan
Name a famous cowboy - Buck Rogers
Name a famous royal - Mail
A number you have to memorize - 7
Something you do before going to bed - Sleep
Something you put on walls - Roofs
Something in the garden that's green - Shed
Something that flies that doesn't have an engine - A bicycle with wings

Something you might be allergic to - Skiing
Name a famous bridge - The bridge over troubled waters
Something a cat does - Goes to the toilet
Something you do in the bathroom - Decorate
Name an animal you might see at the zoo - A dog
Something associated with the police - Pigs
A sign of the zodiac - April
Something slippery - A conman
A kind of ache - Fillet 'O' Fish
A food that can be brown or white - Potato
A jacket potato topping - Jam
A famous Scotsman - Jock
Another famous Scotsman - Vinnie Jones
Something with a hole in it - Window
A non living object with legs - Plant
A domestic animal - Leopard
A part of the body beginning with 'N' - Knee
A way of cooking fish - Cod
Something you open other than a door - Your Bowels

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It was a hot and humid July afternoon, when I decided to visit my girl friend, Susie. Susie may be blonde and beautiful, but sometimes she is, shall we say, lacking in other areas.

Well Susie had decided her kitchen needed repainting, and instead of hiring a professional, decided to do it herself. I thought she might appreciate a break and brought over some cold beer and some sandwiches.

When I arrived, I found Susie working hard painting the kitchen walls. But instead of wearing old clothes, she was wearing her fur coat and her ski parka. I asked her why she was dressed that way on such a hot day. She brought me the paint bucket and told me to read the instructions. I did.

It said, ... "For best results, put on two coats."


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The first graders were attending their first music lesson. The teacher was trying to begin at the beginning. She drew a musical staff on the blackboard and asked a little girl to come up and write a note on it.

The little girl went to the blackboard, looked thoughtful for a minute and wrote, "Dear Aunt Emma, just a short note to tell you I'm fine."

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Quotes

"One day someone is going to hug you so tight that all the broken pieces will stick together."
- unknown author


"An individual has a healthy personality to the exact degree to which they have the propensity to look for the good in every situation."
~Ralph Waldo Emerson~

"Pull the string, and it will follow wherever you wish. Push it, and it will go nowhere at all."
- Dwight D. Eisenhower

"It is better to sleep on things beforehand than lie awake about them afterwards."
~Baltasar Gracian~

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THRIFTY TIPS:

* Neglecting Basic Maintenance

Neglecting the basic maintenance needed on your home and car will only end up costing you more money down the road. Lack of maintenance inevitably leads to something big breaking and that will cost you a lot more to repair than it would have cost to make small investments in regular maintenance.

* Not Saving Anything

Unexpected expenses happen, and if you don't have any sort of savings cushion to help you deal with those expenses, you'll find yourself relying on your credit cards, high interest loans or some other equally expensive way of paying for a crisis. So save something out of every paycheck. Even if it's only $10 or $20 at first.

* Letting Coupons Shop for You

Buying a product at a discounted price with a coupon is better than paying full-price - but if coupon clipping leads you to make purchases you wouldn't normally make, it's money wasted, not money saved. Only use coupons if they apply to your normal and needed purchase items. Otherwise, skip the coupon and skip the purchase altogether.

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A clever funny from Bizarre News.


*-- Urinators in Germany warned: St. Pauli walls 'pee back'--*

HAMBURG, Germany (UPI) - Leaders in the "party district" of St. Pauli in Hamburg, Germany, are discouraging public urination by covering walls in paint that "pees back." The St. Pauli Interest Community released a YouTube video explaining the most frequently-soiled walls in the district are being covered in a super-hydrophobic paint that causes sprayed liquid to bounce back in the opposite direction -- causing public urinators to make a mess of their own pants and shoes. The walls treated with the paint are labeled with signs reading, "Don't pee here! We'll pee back!" "It was a real annoyance that was growing and growing," St Pauli Interest Community board member Uwe Christiansen, who owns several local bars, told The Local. "We wanted to bring people to reason." He said the move is being hailed by locals who were similarly tired of dealing with "Wildpinkler." "I've seen in Facebook and the local newspapers that the reactions were very positive. People were just tired of the peeing on walls, home entrances and playgrounds," Christiansen said. "Watch out! From now on, it's Peeback time," group member Julia Staron said in the video.

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RANDOM TIDBITS

Each U.S. state and territory is free to ignore daylight savings time, so residents of Arizona (except those on the Navajo Nation), Hawaii, Puerto Rico, the Virgin Islands, and other territories didn't move their clocks this past weekend.

Germany and its allies in World War I were the first countries to adopt daylight saving time as a way to conserve energy for the war effort. Britain, other countries in Europe, Canada and the US followed suit.

Farmers were among the biggest opposition groups to daylight saving time when it was first proposed in the British Parliament in 1908. They often set their day to the sun, so everyone else moving their schedules forward gave them less time to peddle their wares.

The origin of daylight saving time is commonly attributed to Benjamin Franklin, who wrote an essay in 1784 about how changing time could save energy.

Studies show that Americans use the extra hour of daylight to go out and enjoy themselves. Leisure facilities such as golf courses have reported increased business, whereas Nielsen ratings for American TV show as much as a 10-15% drop in the number of viewers watching even the most popular shows.

Cities once kept their own time and in 1965, there were 130 cities in the US with populations of 100,000 or more and 59 of them did not observe daylight saving time.

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Health Tip

Just like a brick wall without mortar, without vitamin D, vitamin K, and magnesium, bone will lose its calcium.

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From Mountain Wings

Feed

The soul,
like the body,

...lives by what it feeds on.

~Josiah Gilbert Holland~

   Thank you, Shari!


        From My Husband, Paul Harty (Bardolph HS, IL - '61) of NC - 03/14/15 - "AMAZING GRACEFUL PHYSICAL ACTIVITY":

This is truly amazing, watch the last 3 or 4 movements, you likely won't believe it is possible.

https://www.youtube.com/embed/7-UTRIln9Pk?rel=0

   WOWZERS! Thanks again, Dools!


“Don't worry about the war. It's all over but the shooting.”

- Samuel Goldwyn, film producer
(17 Aug  1882 - 31 Jan
1974)



  From Judy Phillips Allen ('66) of VA -
02/24/15 - "Assorted Ironies (#13 in a Series of 14)":
 
  Thanks, Dearest Judy!
 
 


       From George Helliesen ('61) of MI - 02/12/15 - "Had to Send..... So Relevant ! (#7 in a Series of 11)":

       PRECISELY! Thanks, George!
 
 


  From Judy Phillips Allen ('66) of VA - 02/24/15 - "Taken At Just The Right Moment (#3 in a Series of 31)":
 
  February was a stressful month for many of us… take the time to relax and check out these!

     Thank you, Dearest Judy!

 
 


BONUS IRISH CROCHET PATTERNS:

http://www.crochetnmore.com/shamrockcoaster.htm - Lucky Shamrock Coaster - "Use this Lucky Shamrock Coaster pattern to bring some St. Patrick's Day charm to your table. This crochet coaster pattern is easy and you'll be able to work some up in no time. It's a practical and cute decoration for your holiday party!"


BONUS IRISH RECIPES:

http://www.tasteofhome.com/recipes/cuisine/irish-recipes - Irish Recipes - "Looking for Irish recipes? Find delicious Irish recipes including corned beef and cabbage, Irish potatoes recipes, and more Irish recipes."


FINALLY:

From http://www.ajokeaday.com - 03/14/15:

When NASA was preparing for the Apollo Project, it took the astronauts to a Navajo reservation in Arizona for training. One day, a Navajo elder and his son came across the space crew, who were walking among the rocks.

The elder, who spoke only Navajo, asked a question. His son translated for the NASA people:

"What are these guys in the big suits doing?"

One of the astronauts said they were practicing for a trip to the moon. When his son relayed this comment, the Navajo elder got all excited and asked if it would be possible to give the astronauts a message to deliver to the moon.

Recognizing a promotional opportunity when he saw one, a NASA official accompanying the astronauts said, "Why certainly!" and told an underling to get a tape recorder. The Navajo elder's comments into the microphone were brief. The NASA official asked the son if he would translate what his father had said. The son listened to the recording and laughed uproariously. But he refused to translate.

So the NASA people took the tape to a nearby Navajo village and played it for other members of the tribe. They too laughed long and loudly but also refused to translate the elder's message to the moon.

Finally, an official government translator was summoned. After he finally stopped laughing, the translator relayed the message:

"Watch out for these guys! They've come to steal your land."


DATES TO REMEMBER:

1. Wednesday, May 13, 2015 - The NNHS Class of June 1942 meets at noon on the second Wednesday of every other month for a Dutch treat lunch at the James River Country Club, 1500 Country Club Road. PLEASE JOIN THEM. Give or take a few years makes no difference. Good conversation, food and atmosphere. For details, call Jennings Bryan at 803-7701 for reservations.



PRAYER ROLL:

http://www.nnhs65.com/requests-prayers.html - updated 03/11/15

BLOG:

http://nnhs.wordpress.com/ - updated 03/13/11



   Y'all take good care of each other!  TYPHOONS FOREVER! 
We'll Always Have Buckroe!

                          Love to all, Carol
 

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Carol Buckley Harty
7020 Lure Court
Fayetteville, NC 28311-9309
910-584-8802
 


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Black Velvet Band


Chorus:
Her eyes they shone like the diamonds
You'd think she was queen of the land
And her hair hung over her shoulder
Tied up with a black velvet band.

In a neat little town they call Belfast
Apprenticed to trade I was bound
And many an hour's sweet happiness
I spent in that neat little town.
Till bad misfortune came o'er me
That caused me to stray from the land
Far away from my friends and relations
To follow the black velvet band.

Well, I was out strolling one evening
Not meaning to go very far
When I met with a pretty young damsel
Who was selling her trade in the bar.
When I watched, she took from a customer
And slipped it right into my hand
Then the Watch came and put me in prison
Bad luck to the black velvet band.

Next morning before judge and jury
For a trial I had to appear
And the judge, he said, "You young fellows...
The case against you is quite clear
And seven long years is your sentence
You're going to Van Dieman's Land
Far away from your friends and relations
To follow the black velvet band."

So come all you jolly young fellows
I'd have you take warning by me
Whenever you're out on the liquor, me lads,
Beware of the pretty colleen.
She'll fill you with whiskey and porter
Until you're not able to stand
And the very next thing that you'll know, me lads,
You're landed in Van Dieman's Land.


"Black Velvet Band" midi and lyrics courtesy of http://www.contemplator.com/tunebook/ireland.htm - 03/10/08
 
Celtic Knot clip art courtesy of http://www.ireland-information.com/celticclipart/celticclipart.htm - 03/14/11

Multicolored Celtic Divider Line clip art courtesy of http://www.ireland-information.com/celticclipart/celticclipart.htm - 10/31/05

Fiddling Leprechaun clip art courtesy of http://d21c.com/AnnesPlace/StPatricks.html - 03/17/06

Animated Tiny Birthday Cake clip art courtesy of Sarah Puckett Kressaty ('65) of VA - 08/31/05
Thanks, Sarah Sugah!

Animated Air Force Flag clip art courtesy of http://www.angelfire.com/ny4/KevsGifsGalore/Patriotic.html - 06/18/03

Navy Seal clip art courtesy of http://www.onemileup.com/miniSeals.asp - 05/29/06

Marine Corps Seal clip art courtesy of the late Herbert Hice of MI one of my Famous Marines who served in the South Pacific during WWII.
Thanks again, Herbie!!

Hillsboro High School's Topper (Band Version) clip art courtesy of http://www.hillsboroschools.net/schools/hhs/activities/music2/Band/bio.html - 06/07/08
Thanks, Mark!

Army Seal clip art courtesy of Al Farber ('64) of GA - 05/24/06 (still missing...)
Thanks, Al!
Replaced by Norm Covert ('61) of MD - 02/09/09
Thanks, Norm!

Animated Laughing Jerry courtesy of Cookie Phillips Tyndall ('64) of VA - 06/14/06
Thanks, Cookie!

Animated Laughing Cat courtesy of Joyce Lawrence Cahoon ('65) of VA - 07/29/08
Thanks, Joyce!

Animated Cheering Smiley clip art courtesy of Al Farber ('64) of GA - 08/18/05 (re-saved 02/27/09)
Thanks, Al!

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